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  • Everything you need to know about quarterly planning for moms in business

    9 tips on how to go about quarterly planning for moms in business.

    There’s nothing that makes me more excited than a good afternoon of quarterly planning. A clear list of priorities and activities to focus on for the next 3 months.

    That’s why at the start of every quarter, I create a quarterly plan to stay on track with my goals & continue crushing them. I love quarterly goals and plans because it is a short enough period to pivot if you need to. But it’s also a long enough period to take action and make progress.

    Instead of having 10 goals to work on at the start of the year, why not have 3 goals to work on at the start of each quarter? This process is also way less overwhelming for me, and makes sense if you want to make bite-sized progress consistently over time. 

    I call them 90-day sprints but basically, a quarterly plan is an implementation plan. It helps you stay on track to achieving your short-term business goals.

    Here are some of the amazing benefits of creating quarterly plans:

    • Help you stay focused with fewer goals to work on each quarter
    • Easy to pivot during the year if things don’t work out as planned after one quarter
    • Quarterly planning makes it easier to break down your goals into specific months and weeks 
    • Creating a 3-month plan will help you keep laser-focused on your priorities as you have a short amount of time to complete your priorities
    • It helps you get realistic with your time and whether you have overplanned your quarter
    • When done efficiently, it’s so much easier to start taking action with a quarterly plan, than when you are just working aimlessly 

    Before we get into the details on how to create a quarterly plan, I want to share a few misconceptions about planning that you should stop believing:

    • Planning is a waste of time – I could spend that time doing the actual work. It is a waste of time if you don’t use the plan to guide your actions
    • Planning is only effective at the start of the year. You can create a quarterly plan anytime of the year, as long as you follow through on it.

    How to create a quarterly plan

    Step 1: Brain dump

    Use a clean white paper and literally write down all the projects or activities you want to do for your business in the next 3 months

    Step 2: Circle out the 3 most important projects 

    This is where you will need to exercise your judgement, intuition and experience in selecting the projects that you feel are the most critical in getting closer to your goals. If you are struggling to decide on what to focus on, you could get some help from a coach to help you.

    Step 3: Block out your big rocks

    Got any important events happening in your personal/business/work life? Block them out on your calendar so that you map out your priority projects with these dates in mind. You don’t want to launch something big in your business a week after your kids birthday. Use your big rocks to space out your projects so that you have enough time to get things done without overplanning yourself.

    Step 4: Map out your top priority projects in a calendar

    I use a big re-writable calendar that I got from a local book store. You can get yours at amazon.com or use a digital calendar too.

    I love paper calendars, because I get to write everything out and see if my projects fit into my available time. It’s a great visual tool.

    Step 5: Write down your mile markers for each project

    Quarterly planning can be quite overwhelming if you don’t break up your goals into mini-goals. These are what I call ‘mile markers or ‘milestones’. What are those important milestones in your projects? Write them down and use them to map out when you want to reach them.

    Step 6: Create a monthly implementation plan

    Before the start of the quarter, create a weekly plan for each of the next 12 weeks. This way, you know what your 1 thing is going to be each week. You can use this free guide to get your weekly and monthly planning templates. You can then prioritize that one thing into your most productive business hours

    Step 7: Track your progress

    What doesn’t get measured, doesn’t get done. Therefore, track your progress with your quarterly plan on a weekly basis. If you are only working on 1 project at a time (and I highly recommend you do this instead), then track the KPIs that are related to that project

    Step 8: Plan out your social media content plan 

    Once you know when you are going to have major events/launches, you can then plan out your social content so that it is aligned with the seasons/ events in your business.

    At this stage, you only need to write down 12 weekly themes. At the start of each week, you can go into the details and start creating your posts, but you don’t need to do that now.

    Step 9: Take time to reflect 

    What is working and what isn’t? Can you do more of what is working and scale back on what isn’t working? Do you need to tweak the things that aren’t working and see if you can make them work? Do you need to pivot? These are all questions that you should ask yourself at the end of the quarter and do an honest evaluation of how well you have performed. 

    Remember to focus on the process, and the results will work out themselves. Don’t be too fixated on the results.
    Need help creating a solid quarterly plan for your business? Join my free community on Facebook by clicking on this link where we plan our business activities every month in a free live workshop. The workshop is exclusive to group members only!

    9 tips on how to go about quarterly planning for moms in business.

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  • How to rock your morning routine like successful people

    Morning routine for successful people

    I used to convince myself that being a night owl was awesome! It meant that I could work into the wee hours of the night, and not have to worry about waking up early. This all changed when I had my twins and realized that if I didn’t have a proper morning routine, I would never have time to myself. I indeed needed to rock my morning routine like successful people.

    When I started becoming more intentional with my morning routine, I noticed that I was sleeping earlier and longer hours. Overall I felt so much better about myself and had more energy throughout the day.

    It also meant that when the twins would wake up, I already had a headstart to the day. I get to spend some time with them before heading to my 9-5 office. So, I get to be present and in the moment with them without feeling overwhelmed that I haven’t gotten anything done or planned for the day.

    Being a corporate side hustler also means that you don’t have the whole day to work on your business. In fact, you only have a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night (depending on how tired you are after work) to make any progress.

    My morning hours are the most productive hours where I am also at high alert. Without a successful morning routine, I wouldn’t have an extra hour to work on my side hustle. This extra hour is literally how I have built my coaching business (and a few more hours on Saturday mornings too).

    If you are not yet convinced, here are other reasons why a morning routine is important.

    It gets me in the right mindset

    Mindset is everything if you want to be that 6-figure mompreneur. You need to wake up with the right mindset to handle the challenges of juggling corporate life + motherhood and a side hustle. The best way to do this is to create a solid morning routine.

    I get to have self care time

    I didn’t read as much before I started having a consistent morning routine. Since starting and being consistent with my morning routine, I have gone through at least 1 book a month, simply by spending 10-15 minutes in the morning to catch up with my reading. 

    Quiet time before the kids wake up! 

    I am sure you miss the days when you had peace and quiet for long hours. You can have that today! You just need to wake up and get your consistent morning routine before the kids wake up. 

    During my morning routine, I can think clearly and make some progress. Especially with the high-level tasks that need my full concentration, without a baby screaming for attention in the background.

    How to start a morning routine like successful people

    Getting into the habit of a consistent morning routine is not easy. But it’s definitely worth it once you start to do it and see how it makes you feel both physically and mentally.

    First of all, here are a few tips to help you wake up on time for your morning routine:

    Tip #1: Sleep 15 minutes earlier today

    I know you were probably wondering if this was a typo or not, but YES. The secret to a morning routine like successful people have consistently, is to sleep early. Sleeping earlier will give you enough hours of good quality sleep so that you are ready for the early wake-up call. Start by sleeping 15 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime, and incrementally sleeping earlier every week. Do this until you get to the point where you are getting 7 to 7.5 hours of good quality sleep.

    The work that you weren’t able to do the day before, can wait. You will get it done much faster and more efficiently if you sleep early and well enough. Just schedule it for your morning hours.

    Tip #2: Build on your morning routine incrementally. 

    If you have never had a consistent morning routine, don’t start with a 1-hour morning routine. Start with a 15-minute routine for 1 or 2 items from my 3G method below. Once you have consistently completed your routine for at least 3 days, you can start to increase the amount of time you spend on your morning routine. For every 15 minutes you sleep earlier, you should be able to increase your morning routine by 15 minutes.

    Tip 3: Work in small pockets of time

    I got this tip from the book, The 5am club, which you can get here.  The mistake we make as humans is to overestimate how much we can achieve in a short space of time. For example, instead of thinking about the number of pages you want to read in a day, think of the amount of time you want to spend reading. That’s a much easier and realistic way to set your morning routine goals and increase your time spend, as you become more consistent.

    All you need to do is devote 20 minutes to each pillar from my 3G method, which I have broken down easily for you below:

    Growth: 20 minutes

    This is the time you can dedicate to your personal growth and development. One of the things that almost every successful person I know of does, is to READ. You cannot pour from an empty cup, and you cannot share what you don’t know.

    If you want to be successful, then you need to commit to creating a morning routine like successful people do. Through my 3G method, I have been able to go through 10 books in the same year that I had my twins! Before that, I barely finished 3….

    The secret to this method is being consistent, committing to waking up early and getting your 3G’s done before the day begins.

    Gratitude: 20 minutes

    I can’t emphasize enough the power of prayer, meditation and journaling. I struggled with negative mindset and self confidence throughout my adulthood, and starting an online business from scratch only made it worse. 

    Once I started putting in the time to journal, do my daily affirmations and show gratitude for everything happening to me and around me, I started to show up for my business in a different way. 

    I cannot overstate how important it is to take time for gratitude, and the inner self work that is needed as part of a morning routine. 

    Go: 20 minutes

    Do your workout in the morning and forget about it. I don’t know if your 9-5 is as unpredictable as mine, but waking up earlier to do my workout has made me feel more energetic throughout the day.

    Whether you workout plans get derailed or not, you know that at least you have gotten 20 minutes of exercise. Imagine how fit you will be by the end of the year, if you got 20 minutes of daily exercise, that’s 7300 minutes of moving your body!

    What makes a morning routine successful

    • Plan the night before, so that in the morning you are all systems go
    • If you have a workout, remove your clothes so that you see them when you wake up
    • Prepare your breakfast the night before (smoothies and overnight oats have been my go-to breakfast on-the-go)

    In conclusion, 

    My morning routine has completely changed my way of life, for the better, I

    • Complete 1 book a month just through my morning routine
    • Got disciplined in getting my kids to sleep early, and sleeping early myself
    • Wake up feeling much more refreshed and ready to slay the day
    • Get 20 minutes to work on my business before I start my 9-5
    • Get some quiet space to meditate, journal and visualize the success I want to have
    • Feel better about myself because I have my workout, and a good breakfast to start the day
    • Have some (actually, lots of) peace and quiet before the kids wake up!

    Do you have a morning routine? What’s your favourite part of your morning routine?

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  • Mid-year Goal Reflections: 2020

    Mid-year goals reflections and review for 2020.

    I woke up to a normal day in the house with my newborn twin girls and noisy toddler son, and when I went onto social media during the day, I realized that this was not just a normal day for most, it was the first day of the second half of what is probably the most eventful year for many of us! I already started reviewing my 2020 goals back in May, and you can have a look at this post to see my process. But, I just had to do it again for tradition’s sake.

    Short-term goals – 9. Achieved – 2

    I am honestly so happy that I have managed to move the needle with my goals, all while having 2 kids under 2 + a toddler at home throughout.

    I have been intentional about celebrating small wins, even as I work towards my big goals, but here are a few short-term goals that I won:

    • Started the Women Thrive Tribe community
    • Saved half of my targeted savings
    • Invested in a business coach

    Long-term goals – 4. Achieved – 0

    Family

    Having twins has been no mean feat. Having a toddler to attend to during lock-down has been even tougher. Adding a business community to the mix makes me wonder whether I was sane to do so! But I have had some of the most fulfilling moments in my life during this time for which I will be forever grateful.

    Business

    While these are 2-5 year goals, I cannot say that I have not done anything to get on track to achieving them. Starting the Women Thrive Tribe community alone has been a game-changer for me, and not only has it helped me realize my potential and passion for empowering women, but it has also brought along so many relationships that I needed to have during this season.

    Career

    I took 6 months off work to focus on raising my twins, not knowing that Covid-19 had its own plans. So career-wise we are at a standstill, but this is something I knew I would have to sacrifice in the short-term.

    I have truly come to appreciate the power of focusing on a few things and doing them well. When the time comes, I will be back at my desk in the office, doing what I need to do to get back on track with my career path.

    Mind & Wellness

    Who knew that I would have read 6 books, year to date, all while giving birth to twins? I thank the Kindle for making it easy to read on the go, on my phone, and whenever I have a few minutes to spare. This is honestly the only reason why I have been able to read this much.

    Purpose & Faith

    At the beginning of the year, I was tired of wandering in life not knowing if I was pursuing my purpose or just a well-paying career. I have made significant progress in understanding who I am, what makes me happy and fulfilled, and who I want to be. All these can be packaged into a “job description”, but if you are not sure whether you are on the right path, it could all be meaningless.

    Finding my purpose and calling is a journey, but I have made big leaps into helping other ambitious mums to start, grow and thrive in their businesses. That to me is a calling on its own, and I feel fulfilled to have started on this path.

    Mid-year goals reflections and review for 2020.

    Learning lessons from the first half of 2020

    When I ask, “how many balls are you juggling”, I only expect other moms to understand what I mean. I had plans in my mind for my maternity leave, including

    • working while my son would be in school
    • traveling for a baecation
    • planning a 60th birthday for someone special in my life
    • achieving a higher target for my new business

    All these plans became meaningless when the lockdown in Kenya was announced for the third time!!! I am learning to adjust and to find ways of working around my kids in a way that still makes them feel attended to and appreciated.

    I am also learning about celebrating small wins as I focus on my big goals. My business is not where I would have wanted it to be, but I have made so much progress in laying the foundation to what I know will be a huge success!

    How have you adjusted to 2020 so far, and what wins have you experienced?

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  • Tired of setting goals repeatedly and not achieving them? Here’s my proven method of how to set goals and crush them

    how to set goals and achieve them. This post explains how to make your goal plan much more achievable, so that you can crush your goals every single time.

    Like many of us, the first few days of the year are a sacred time where I ambitiously set out all the new year resolutions and goals that I want to achieve. For a long time, I was in a vicious cycle of; set goals.do not achieve.refine.reset.do not achieve… You get where I am going on this. I just couldn’t get my big break on how to set goals and crush them.

    Wanting so many things to happen in my life and not getting a breakthrough, I couldn’t figure out where I was going wrong. I had my aha moment two years ago when I started being more intentional about what exactly it is that I want to achieve.

    What I did

    So for example, instead of just putting down a goal such as “get a promotion at work”, I broke it down into

    • why this goal is important
    • what value it speaks to
    • how exactly will I achieve this goal
    • how I will celebrate my win

    Of course, this exercise has been much more difficult and time-consuming to do than the previous one-line statements I would repeatedly write at the start of each year, it has definitely been rewarding. This article by HBR also explains the importance of aligning your goals to the things that you actually care about – it will make the work and effort needed to achieve them, much easier to do.

    The Result

    As I mentioned on my Instagram post, this is the exercise I did to reach my goals of

    • landing my 6-figure job
    • being an employer of women with potential through my side hustle & sustaining the business with no capital from anyone
    • reaching my savings target for the year
    • organising one of the largest professional events in the region

    I did this ALL while I had a high-risk twin pregnancy, and was out of work for almost a month! I am not trying to brag on my achievements, but I want other like-minded women to achieve over and beyond what they think they are capable of achieving. And I can tell you for sure that this exercise has helped me to do that. It is not rocket science. You can set goals and crush them if:

    • you have a systematized way of doing it, and
    • if you are willing to put in the work/effort to actually achieve them.

    Let me break it down a little more for you:

    Clarity on your why

    On the days that you are not motivated, your WHY is what will keep you going. If you don’t know why you want to achieve a goal, or if the reason behind it is not strong enough, then you might easily give up when the going gets tough.

    Is the goal linked to your values?

    It’s so easy to feel pressured into wanting what the next person has achieved. But is it the right thing for you? Does it resonate with your values? Is this goal leading you on the right path where you should be at this very point in your life?

    These are all tough, but necessary questions to make the goal setting exercise worthwhile.

    How exactly will I achieve this goal?

    Instead of asking yourself if your goal is realistic, ask yourself how you will achieve this goal.

    Break the goal down into bite-size pieces, so that you can assess how long each milestone will take. This way, you won’t just be putting an action plan in place, you will also be putting a realistic deadline to your goal.

    However, you should have mini-deadlines for the milestones that culminate towards the final goal. Sometimes a milestone is a goal in itself. So don’t always look to achieving your big goals as a measure of how well you are doing. Progress is progress, celebrate the small wins so that you can get closer to the big ones!

    tired of setting goals and not achieving them? here is my proven method of how to set goals and crush them every single time.

    How will I reward myself when I achieve this goal?

    It seems counter intuitive to reward yourself, but it definitely works! Whenever you reach a milestone, not only should you celebrate this achievement, but you should also reward yourself for doing so. For each goal, write down one way in which you can reward yourself, whether it’s a small gift, a holiday, or even a self-care activity that you don’t do often – like a full day at the spa!

    The good old SMART system

    You probably heard of SMART goals in primary/elementary school, but maybe you haven’t found this approach useful. The SMART goal approach can be very powerful if you are applying it to the right set of goals. So first get your priorities right, and then setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based goals will be a walk in the park.

    If you are ready to take your goal setting to the next level, download a FREE goal plan and checklist template to get you started below! You too can set goals and crush them, every, single, time.

    If you haven’t as yet, also check this post where I talk about being accountable to a goal plan once you have committed yourself to it.

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    How to set goals and achieve them. This post explains how to make your goal plan much more achievable, so that you can crush your goals every single time.

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  • 10 Books that are keeping me inspired this world book day!

    Rebecca Kay reading an inspiring book during postpartum journey - Thrive by Ariana Huffington. World Book Day 2020

    Happy world book day! With lock-down still a reality for more than half the population in the world, chances are that you are still at home. Keeping a positive mind, and keeping yourself busy is important if you want to keep the blues away. I have had a few low moments in the past few weeks, having given birth and not being able to share my new bundles of joy with my family and friends.

    This is where book reading has helped me in keeping my mental health in a good space.

    I have therefore purposely carved out 20 minutes of my day each day to read a book on my Kindle or listen on Audibles. Reading on my iPhone just makes it easier to get distracted, so kindly or the actual hard copy of the book has kept me focussed on meeting my daily reading target.

    *If you missed it, check out my post here on how I create and maintain positive habits*

    My book list for the year is a combination of classic books that I have read before, as well as new books that focus on positive mindset, productivity or building wealth. I am not a fiction lover, I get my dose of fiction from Netflix 🙂 So you will see that the books on my list are all non-fiction and books with lessons that you can apply practically in your daily living.

    In conclusion,

    If you find any of these topics interesting, then download my recommended book list to get the low-down on why I love these books and why you need to read them too!

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    What are your favourite reads of all time?

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